This afternoon I was walking down Victoria Street. I stopped outside the Voadfone shop to admire the new Blackberry Storm in the window. I stood there for a couple of minutes before I was approached by a Policeman. "Good afternoon, Sir, I am arresting you on suspicion that you might be about the commit an act of theft of a Blackberry."
"But officer, not only have I not stolen it, I haven't even been in the shop and touched it," I said in consternation. "Ah, sir, but you look as if you might. We can't be having that, can we? You're nicked."
Later on a police car turned up at my office and later at my home in Kent to conduct a search to establish whether I already had a secret stash of Blackberry Storms hidden away somewhere.
It was then that I woke up. Luckily it was all a nightmare. After all, how preposterous would it be to arrest someone on the pretext that they might, possibly, just might commit an offence.
Couldn't happen here, could it? That sort of thing doesn't happen in democracies.
I won't mention the words 'Police' and 'State' in the same sentence as I know how much it upsets Tom Harris.
For those who think I have lost it, this all relates to Jacqui Smith's statement in the Commons when she said that national security issues were involved in the Damian Green case as he might - might - have been leaked national security information, even if he hadn't used it. Hence he was arrested on the basis of an offence he might possibly commit, rather than one he necessarily had.